"Having done all, to stand"

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Pondering these words of Paul, thought reverts to the wonderful example of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, and what she accomplished through standing firm in the truth. Never since Jesus' day has one had to face the world's hatred as she did. Maligned and misrepresented, she stood firm against popular opinion and material resistance, unshaken and unswerving; and never did one stand more perfectly protected, because she put on "the whole armour of God."

The word of God is the law of Truth, the law of perfection and harmony; and that law cannot fail, because it has the power of God with it enforcing it. The failure, when there is any, lies with us, because when we declare God's word we do not stand firm in our clinging to and obedience of it. In the book of Isaiah we read, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." We need the moral courage which Mrs. Eddy tells us, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 514), "is 'the lion of the tribe of Juda,' the king of the mental realm." Thus equipped we can face a situation squarely, and stand firm when the enemy would come in "like a flood;" for spiritual understanding that knows God to be all and evil to be nothing is the standard of the Lord, to be lifted up against the enemy.

September 9, 1922

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